My answers to career challenges

I’m pursuing my career, and at some problematic points, I found answers to the next questions:

Q: The country I live gives me enough opportunities to grow to the maximum career level I want?

A: No, definitely in Moldova it’s tough to plan the career grow because of a volatile environment and old management styles. I solved this by start planning what skills I need to learn that can help me find a job in Moldova and not only. I oriented myself to digital and technology fields that are and tend to be universal. We face four barriers when we want to change a job: the country and barrier language, being recognized as a part of the community, changing the industry and meeting the professional standards, and the last is fitting and pursuing a career by learning the skills and performing.

Q: Do I have a career or a job? I understand the differences?

A: The job gives you the place to earn money and spend your time. You learn some skills in a few years and repeat what you do daily, until the moment someone better and cheaper than you come to do the same job.

A career is what you do most of your time, or at least about what you are thinking most of your time. You have a plan of what you want to achieve and how you can grow and be a better professional. Earning money is important, but come as a result, not the primary motivation. After you invest a lot of time in that, it becomes a part of you, and your career is your lifestyle. For having a career, you need to think long-term and try to understand how your legacy will impact your life and your family for many years ahead. Try the Japan method kaizen, continuous incremental improvements of everything you do. In my research, I follow the quote of Bruce Lee, ”Using now way, like a way. Having no limitation, as a limitation.”

Q: How many biographies did you read?

A: I had the chance to read the biography of Bruce Lee, that made a significant turnaround in my life. He opened my eyes to Buddhism and philosophy, mysticism and existentialism, planning, self-motivation, performing, being yourself, zen, Allan Watts, Carl Jung, and many many more. Stephen Covey was the person who introduces me in the leadership based on principles and values; with the idea of leading from the back, motivation and putting the first thing first. Victor Frankl taught me that anything in this world has a meaning and at least you have a ”why” you will find a way. The most important is that you should ask more often what I want from this life, than what this life wants from me. You become proactive and find ways to solve anything and achieving what you want. He said that between stimulus and response exist a space that gives us time to decide how to act no matter the situation. Richard Branson showed me how important is to expose to diverse activities and experiences, and that you can learn anything if you are willing to take care of yourself and people you work. Carl Jung invited me to a psychology space where I could see beyond the material things and understand that this world is made from something more than we can fell and touch. Nelson Mandela is an excellent example of patience and tolerance, which changed a nation and gave them a better future. Many more are on the list.

Q: Who are your mentors? Digital and real ones?

A: I grew up in a small village where people that inspired me was my teacher of Romanian language and the sports instructor. So, I start reading books where I found out that we can learn something from everyone, and I changed my world paradigm and started searching for a source of inspiration in each person I met. Now, I have digital and real mentors. If I have any problematic situation, I take the chance and ask them.

Q: What challenges do you face on time and people management?

A: Time management is always a challenge and the most prominent issues to solve are to choose between urgent and essential, and between what thing should go first. Here I can add that time management is about understanding your capabilities and the big picture. I’m new in managing people, but what I already understand is that each of us can be motivated and have own set of values and goals if I can meet them, then I can manage people efficiently.

Q: Do you know that any technical skills can be learned and leadership skills should be practiced with care and empathy?

A: After many years I’m not afraid to learn new skills. I’m sure that it takes time and effort, and I’m happy to do anything to study. On the other part leadership skills depend on what person you are, and first, you need to listen and understand yourself, second, you need to practice the same technic on others. To be a good leader, you should life-study and research the changes that happen in the world.

Q: People go first; it’s a statement that needs to be in front of all the challenges.

A: Because people created everything mechanical in this world and without them, all will stop. On the other part, nature will thrive.

Q: We rely on the team, and we face all the problems together.

A: There isn’t such a thing as ”me” did all the stuff, its a big mistake and a statement of a narcissist. In teams, we can achieve what we will never succeed by ourselves. The exceptions here are genius who has a very high IQ.

Q: In the end, if our project doesn’t make money, then we should revise all our strategies and start another project.

A: We can and should have projects that will not bring us money, but to keep them alive we should first make a good source of income that will enable us to finance all the good causes we support. To be financially sustainable give us wings to do even more and divide dreams from real viable ideas.

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New Alexandria

Do you the idea of how many books were written?
The Google says that we have around 130 mil books published by 2010 so we can suppose that today we have no more than 200 mil books.

So, can we speak about the fact that we lack the information and knowledge to grow? Definitely, no.

Information is more than we can absorb and its good to develop skills to ignore the distractions and to find the contributors. For this, to work you need to know and understand yourself. Your needs are different, and only you can know what books you need to read next. There could be an infinite list of books to read in a lifetime, but it’s not 100% sure that you will enjoy most of them.

I try to choose books accordingly to my current lack of information or continuously improving my database of knowledge in different fields, as following: design, parenting, workouts, stretching, marketing, events, human behaviors, psychology, etc.

Understand what you need to know and what will lead you to succeed and push forward in that direction.

The days are long, but the years are short. So its no need to hope that someday you will be less distracted, or you will have more time, or even, the information and knowledge that you need will not be anymore requested.

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Real entrepreneurs

 

Real entrepreneurs are those that build the healthy relationship with their team.

No one in the world can run a successful long-term company without trusted colleagues. In Moldova, we know a lot of ”self-claimed” entrepreneurs that don’t give a shit on people and stakeholders they work. They think that if you have a profit at the end of the month that it’s essential that you can have. If you collect your salary, it doesn’t matter what salary receive your colleagues. The bad experience from Sovietic times taught the people that someone needs to work for you for a penny. Instead, you should grab everything you can and live your life as you want.

My opinion is that the strategy will not work for an extended period. The history confirmed this fact.

Being close and right to your people can give you a chance to build a reputation, a relationship, and a legacy that will last a long time.

Real entrepreneurs are those that care enough to understand that their lives are the same as the employees they hire. It’s easy to hire a right specialist, but its harder to make him stay and care about your product and the work he does.

When you think the next time to open a business or to become an entrepreneur, think twice, can you build relationships that will last?

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People besides you

Have you felt those moments when you feel secure being beside friends? What about people that you don’t know, I’m sure that they need to deserve your trust.

Someone said that you are the average of five people you spend most of the time.

I can tell, that we are the average of two people you pay most of the time, the books you read, the social media you consume, the countries you travel, the ideas you think, the posts and opinions you share, you got the idea.

All of the above we can share with people besides us, and they will amplify the effect of learning and sharing skills. Friends influence us more than we can feel and understand. It’s hard to explain why we care about someone and why we don’t care about others.

It’s clear that if you don’t have mercantile interests, you can’t tell why you are attracted to people. It’s subjective sure, but when we speak about feelings, it can’t be otherwise.

Choose the people carefully beside you; they can elevate or throw you down.

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Errors of 2017

2017 was a long year for me. I quit my job after I hated doing marketing. I started learning design. Tried me in a new domain, as a business trainer. 10 months later I still have good results. For few months I was a freelancer working from home. My girlfriend was complaining that I will become a home guy. 😀 I get a new job in a tech company and fall in love again with marketing because of a great team. I pursue my dreams and push me thinking about how to plan time more efficiently. I did a lot of mistakes but finally, all of them have brought me where I’m now. Doing marketing, design, teaching, and coaching, trying to write more often on my blog. I have a few more projects to come, but I need 2 or 3 months to realize them.

Some of biggest errors are:

  • I was afraid to quit my job.
  • Because of a bad team, I started to hate what I did.
  • I failed to plan my time efficiently when I had a lot of it.
  • I trained few times even if I had a lot of free time.
  • I failed to remember that motivation is an intrinsic force.
  • I failed to speak up what I want and what I thought.
  • I read few books.
  • I lost myself because of too many critics of my ex-bosses. Even a good professional can become a poor performer if his boss tells him consistently that he isn’t good enough.
  • I forgot to celebrate myself and my small successes.

I will not complain I learned a lot from my mistakes and I’m grateful to the people that pushed me and made me grown up. Many thanks to everyone.

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